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Sheila Hughes

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Sheila Hughes

Sheila Hughes

Name of Host Organization: Military Assistance Project
City, State: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Issue area: Veterans' Rights
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, Military Assistance Project

The Project

Provide free legal services for active duty, reserve component, or veteran military personnel and their widow/spouses in the form of pro bono consumer and selected veterans administrative law services.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Veterans who are indigent, disabled, or elderly are often unable to secure legal representation, leading many of them to lose important rights and benefits. This project provides free legal services to veterans in the areas of family law, consumer and dept issues, unemployment, discharge upgrades, and benefits appeals.
The Right Person For This Project
Shelia is the right person for the project because:
• She recently left a private sector law firm job in search of a place to her my legal skills for the benefit of others
• She found that opportunity with MAP and is focused on guiding veterans through a process that can be overwhelming and confusing